Chen-Jung Hsu is the founder of Chio-Tian Folk Drums & Arts Troupe. He launched this organization with the mission to educate the next generation on local culture and folk art.
In 1995, Hsu formed the Chio-Tian Folk Drums & Arts Troupe by recruiting local high school drop-outs. He provided them a shelter where these troubled teens can receive the education, training, as well as discipline needed for folk artists and folk drummers. Hsu hired professional art, music, dance, and martial arts instructors to choreograph and re-create Chio-Tian’s folk pieces so that their performances were not just traditional culture dances but with a new artform.
After 14 years since its launch, Chio-Tian was awarded Taichung’s “Outstanding Performance Team." They also performed at 2008 Presidential Inaugural ceremony, closing ceremony of Deaflympics in 2009, and 2011 Taipei Flora Expo closing ceremony. Chio-Tian has successfully modified traditional street performances into art that propels Taiwan’s unique cultural characteristics all over the world.
Chio-Tian Folk Arts Group have toured to various places around the world, and are record holders of the following: * Carried the Nezha deity figure around Taiwan on foot * Scaled Taiwan’s highest peak Jade Mountain with folk drum * Completed the Sahara Race 2011 (250KM in 7 days) with Nezha deity figure